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Outdoors blog archive for Dec. 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

Hunter education easier than evern in Oregon

HUNTING -- Oregon is the first state in the nation to integrate hunter education registration with license sales, according to a report by outdoor blogger Bill Monroe for Oregon Live. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has cleared the path to end the last-minute...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2011

SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

Bald eagles are gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene to feast on spawning kokanee

Bald eagle numbers continue to soar at Lake CdA 

BIRDWATCHING – The season’s third survey of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d’Alene found another big jump in numbers from the previous week. Today's survey found 112 adults (white heads) and 24 immature eagles (under 4 years old with dark heads) for a total...

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As of fall 2011, five breeding gray wolf packs have been documented in Washington state. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Updated: More reaction to adoption of WA wolf plan 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- After four years of development, public review and controversy, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Saturday unanimously adopted a plan that will guide state conservation and management of gray wolves in the state. The citizen commission approved the Gray Wolf Conservation and...

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Get up early Saturday for "red" lunar eclipse 

SKY WATCHING -- Andy Buddngton of the Spokane Community College Science Department recommends that we get an early, glowing start tomorrow. Shortly after 4:30 Saturday morning, we'll be treated to a “red” lunar eclipse. As the NASA science video explains, this is the last one...

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A crop of ripening marijuana was found by Oregon State Patrol officers in northeastern Oregon in the third week of August 2011. About 10,35 plants were seized.
 (Oregon State Patrol)

National forest areas going to pot, official says 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Marijuana cultivation sites in 20 states on 67 national forests have caused "severe" damage according to U.S. Forest Service director of law enforcement, David Ferrell. "The illegal cultivation of marijuana on our National Forest System is a clear and present danger to...

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Who will pay tab for managing wolves?

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has budgeted more than $800,000 to manage wolves in the state during the next two years. That's less than half of what Idaho and Montana are spending with federal support that's likely to evaporate in the next couple...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service poses with a 9-pound triploid rainbow from Lake Rufus Woods. (Courtesy photo)

Rufus Woods triploids fewer but bigger

FISHING -- Here's the latest fishing report from Lake Rufus Woods on the Columbia River downstream from Grande Coulee Dam. It comes from Anton Jones (above with a 9-pound triploid rainbow) of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service. This is a great time to fish...

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Paddlers plunge over 90-foot falls for video

KAYAKING -- A trio of kayakers raised the eyebrows of local officials recently by paddling over 90-foot Noccalula Falls in Etowah County, Alabama. See the story. The paddlers risked big fines and a tongue lashing by doing the stunt for a video -- "Watershed: Land...

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A bald eagle is perched on a branch at Higgens Point above Lake Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. Birdwatchers and photographers gather along the lake's eastern arm this time of year to watch the eagles. The birds migrate through the region on their way south each December. (Kathy Plonka)

CdA bald eagle survey canceled this week

BIRDWATCHING -- The weekly fall/winter survey of bald eagles congregating at Lake Coeur d'Alene has been cancelled this week as BLM staffers are in training meetings. But the birds are there by the dozens, as you learned last week in this blog post followed by...

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